There’s Still Lots of Summer Left in Marion CountyAugust 16, 2016
Marion County schools will soon be back in session, but that does not mean summer is over.
Don’t miss a beat at Palatine Park’s Saturday concerts. The Parrot Head Party on August 20th will have you swaying to the sound of the islands and you’ll be singing anything but the blues during the Mon River Blues & BBQ on September 10th. Back to school does not mean the thermometer automatically takes a dip. The Splash Park remains open until September 30th.
Pricketts Fort State Park has plenty of activities to help with family bonding. End the week with a FREE concert in their amphitheater. Bear Hill Bluegrass performs on August 19th and catch The Allies Band on August 26th.
Enjoy Appalachian root music during Traditional Music Day on September 17th. And you will want to compare your tall tales with the professionals as you settle in and listen during the WV Storytelling Festival on September 22.
Intrigued by frontier life? Through September, be sure to catch the soap making and hearth cooking demonstrations at Pricketts Fort. Better yet, unwind with a long walk or bike ride on the trail. No bike? No problem! Pricketts Fort also has bikes to rent.
Nothing says summer like a fresh ripe tomato. Who grows the best? Find out at the 8th Annual Tomato Festival on the grounds of the beautifully restored Highgate Carriage House. While there, you can enjoy lunch, watch cooking demonstrations, shop the market and sample the bounty of the tomato harvest.
Have you ever visited the Hamilton Round Barn in Mannington? Back Roads, a local bluegrass band, plays the classics on August 27th and again on September 24th. The West Augusta Historical Society will also have dinners and snacks for sale.
Formalized in the 1970s, disc golf continues to grow in popularity and Marion County has two of the best courses in West Virginia. Watch some local players make it look effortless during the Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Tournament September 17 – 18th at Morris Park.
Our competitive streak continues when the Valley Falls Enduro Race and Valley Falls Challenge bring in some serious BMX riders September 10th and 11th respectively.
MonongahFest has been an annual tradition since 1988 and always brings the family fun. Try your muscle during the tug-of-war or the cornhole tournament. The day is complete with music, food and fireworks. The fun takes place on August 20th.
Sagebrush Round-Up is the host of a weekly country music show and houses the Country Music Hall of Fame for West Virginia. These Saturday night concerts have quite the following.
Talk about America’s sidekick—”Fuzzy” Knight appeared in more than 180 films during his Hollywood years, roaming around the Wild West as a comic cowboy. Our local movie star is honored during the Fuzzy Knight Festival on August 23 at Palatine Park.
The Wave Pool & Slide at East Marion Park will be open until Labor Day Weekend so there is still time for some fun in the sun.
Find out all the details about these and other upcoming events at marioncvb.wpengine.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Pick up the phone and give us a call at 304.368.1123 or stop by the Marion County Visitor Center to get the scoop on what’s going on.